Happy Birthday, Mia!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I'm so happy for my friend Sarah, who gave birth to her daughter Mia Josephine today! Her son and Samuel are only a week apart, and our girls will now be about 7 weeks apart. She had a successful VBAC that I can't wait to hear more about!

Earlier this year, my friend Andrea gave birth with a midwife to her second son in water after a C-section with her first. Since I've never personally experienced a C-section, this got me thinking about the mentality regarding VBACs in the US.

One in three women give birth by cesarean each year, and in my opinion, many of those C-sections are due to unnecessary interventions (primarily inductions). In addition, the VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) rate has fallen 67% in the last ten years. This is probably because the majority of OB-GYN's will no longer agree to assist VBACs, so women have little choice but to have subsequent C-sections. Fortunately, if you look hard enough, you can still find some doctors out there who are willing to assist a VBAC, although even within that small group, most will have you sign a form stating that you will agree to a C-section after 41 weeks. The risk of a uterine rupture with a VBAC is actually extremely uncommon, so it's unfortunate that VBACs aren't supported within the medical community. Going back to my post on the film "The Business of Being Born," if insurance companies gave women more options on how to birth, they would not have a problem finding midwives to support their desire for a VBAC, as most licensed professional midwives support VBACs, depending on the reason for the C-section and the type of incision, of course.

I'm so excited for my friend Sarah for doing her own research on the issue & pursuing a VBAC, just as I was delighted with my friend Andrea's successful VBAC waterbirth. Welcome to the world, little Mia! Looking forward to introducing you to Juniper very soon!


Jeremy said...

Great post Karli! Obviously I agree with your thoughts. What I found along with this was that even if I had a doctor that would be willing to 'let' me try a VBAC...the hospitals wouldn't. It was really frustrating to know that the hospital policy would be keeping me from birthing how I wanted. That's the main reason I decided not to deliver in a hospital. It was the best decision too!

Congrats to Sarah! It's a wonderful feeling.

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